Louis Marino (born March 14, 1932) is an imprisoned crime boss for the Chicago Outfit criminal organization. He is due to be released in February 2016.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Marino once worked for the Chicago-based Anthony Marano Company, a fruit and vegetable wholesaler.[1]

Chicago Outfit career[edit | edit source]

Marino was identified in a July 1986 Chicago Tribune article as an enforcer and driver for longtime Chicago mob boss Ernest Rocco Infelise.[2]

In September 1986, Marino was identified as being a lieutenant of Chicago Outfit boss Joseph Ferriola, and that Marino had been recently elevated to be boss of the Outfit's McHenry County, Illinois, gambling operation.[3]

Also, in September 1986, Marino sued the FBI for allegedly stealing his car while he left home for the Independence Day weekend. Marino had left his Chrysler Fifth Avenue at his brother's house in Cicero, Illinois, for the weekend, and the FBI was alleged to have stolen his car and replaced it with a different Fifth Avenue. Marino returned earlier than expected and noticed the switch. The FBI returned the vehicle after Marino reported the theft to police. Marino claimed that after the car was returned, he noticed holes in it, suggesting that either the FBI had planted and removed listening devices from the car, or that it had intended to place listening devices in the car.[4]

On February 7, 1990, Marino was indicted in federal court, in Chicago, on racketeering charges in a sweeping indictment of mobsters.[5] On February 15, 1990, Marino was ordered held without bond.[6] Marino was later allowed house arrest and was released on bond to his house in Palos Park, Illinois.[7] Several months later, Marino informed the court that he was working as a clerk at an archery range in Berwyn, Illinois.[8] Marino's defense attorney was former United States District Judge George N. Leighton.[9]

On March 10, 1992, Marino was convicted of racketeering, income tax violations and participating in an illegal gambling business, but he was acquitted of murder-conspiracy in the 1985 killing of bookmaker Hal Smith.[10] During the trial, prosecutors alleged that Marino had hung a gambler over a balcony at the Chicago Board of Trade, when the gambler failed to pay a debt.[11]

On August 19, 1993, Marino was sentenced by then-United States District Judge Ann Claire Williams to 28 years in federal prison—the maximum sentence allowed.[12] Marino is serving his sentence in the federal prison in Milan, Michigan and is due to be released on February 1, 2016.[13]

During the "Family Secrets" mob trial" in Chicago, in 2007, Marino was identified in court by Chicago Outfit turncoat Nicholas Calabrese as having been one of several mobsters in the room during the fatal 1986 beatings of Chicago mobsters Anthony Spilotro and Michael Spilotro, whose murders were fictionalized in the 1995 film Casino.[14] Marino has never been charged with the Spilotros' murders; however, the only person ever convicted of participating in the murders is imprisoned Chicago mob boss James Marcello.

Family[edit | edit source]

Marino's son, Dino Marino, pleaded guilty in January 2000 to bilking the town of Cicero, Illinois, out of more than $130,000, as a ghost-payroller in the town's health department.[15] Marino was later sentenced to a year in federal prison and was released on May 29, 2001.[16]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Gaines, William; Laurie Cohen (June 4, 1998). "Cicero probe wends way to Wisconsin - Investigators examining links between golf course, town leader". Chicago Tribune: p. 1. 
  2. Koziol, Ronald (July 1, 1986). "Mafia bosses met after Spilotro slain". Chicago Tribune: p. 3. 
  3. Koziol, Ronald (September 1, 1986). "New mob boss reportedly putting his own pals in key jobs". Chicago Tribune: p. 7. 
  4. Nelson, Deborah (September 11, 1986). "FBI sued in mob-linked car switch". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 36. 
  5. Drell, Adrienne (February 8, 1990). "20 mobsters indicted in gambling probe here". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 7. 
  6. O'Brien, John (February 16, 1990). "Infelice and 6 others denied bond". Chicago Tribune: p. 7. 
  7. "Metro digest". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 37. May 19, 1990. 
  8. O'Brien, John (June 5, 1991). "Judge to decide if reputed mobsters get electronic monitors". Chicago Tribune: p. 8. 
  9. O'Brien, John (September 17, 1991). "Professor to probe who made jail tapes". Chicago Tribune: p. 4. 
  10. O'Brien, John (March 11, 1992). "Infelice latest mob boss headed for prison". Chicago Tribune: p. 1. 
  11. Rossi, Rosalind (February 27, 1993). "Infelise Gambling Associate Gets 45-Month Prison Term". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 18. 
  12. Lehmann, Daniel (August 19, 1993). "Infelise Gets 63 Years - Reputed Mobster Defiant in Court". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 1. 
  13. http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/InmateFinderServlet?Transaction=NameSearch&needingMoreList=false&FirstName=Louis&Middle=&LastName=Marino&Race=U&Sex=U&Age=&x=71&y=13
  14. Coen, Jeff (July 19, 2007). "A plea for a prayer before mob slayings - Insider details infamous hit on Spilotros". Chicago Tribune: p. 1. 
  15. O'Connor, Matt (January 14, 2000). "6th person guilty in probe of Cicero - 'Ghost' inspector admits not working". Chicago Tribune: p. 3. 
  16. http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/InmateFinderServlet?Transaction=NameSearch&needingMoreList=false&FirstName=Dino&Middle=&LastName=Marino&Race=U&Sex=U&Age=&x=71&y=13

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